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The bigger picture: A luxury property for art lovers

12th December 2014 Print
Chart Ridge

At Chart Ridge near Oxted in Surrey, luxury housebuilder Millgate is showcasing artworks from leading artists that are in turn helping to show off this stunning, contemporary mansion.

As the art world hears the announcement of the winner of this year’s Turner Prize, it proves that art remains a popular investment choice and a strongly performing one, having shown an uplift of 193% over the past ten years according to the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index, outperforming many mainstream investments such as the FTSE 100. Art and property are two of the asset types most favoured by high net worth investors, so presenting them together is a perfect match.

Chart Ridge is an exceptional property with impressive light and airy spaces and breath-taking views, making it making it an exquisite backdrop to display art and equally the art adds to the style of the property, creating a look that is set to impress. Millgate have decided to showcase works from artist Ian Humphries which have been carefully selected to go on display at Chart Ridge.

Chart Ridge is a modern masterpiece with sweeping views across Surrey and Kent thanks to its elevated position on Greensand Ridge. Its design makes the most of the uninterrupted scenery and natural light at every opportunity, with its impressive double height entrance hall and floor to ceiling windows. At over 5,000 sq ft, the property provides spacious accommodation finished to the highest standards and including an infinity swimming pool, five bedrooms and a garden designed by a Chelsea gold medal winning landscaper.

Jonathan Cranley, Sales and Marketing Director for Millgate: “We wanted to take the idea of dressing a show home to the next level by introducing great works of art. Chart Ridge is more intimate and personal than a gallery but offers a fantastic, airy space to show it off. The beautiful pieces we have on display really complement this one-of-a-kind property. We know many of our customers are extremely interested in collecting art so it is a natural fit.”

On display inside Chart Ridge are artworks by Irish artist Ian Humphries, who describes his work as having its roots in abstract expressionism inspired by the beauty of West Cork where he lives.

Set into the slope of the escarpment, Chart Ridge appears almost to float in mid-air as the ground slants down behind it. The flexible living accommodation makes the most of this spectacular position, with sliding glass doors leading from the living areas on to a large, south-facing terrace, creating a magical spot to entertain or relax. The master and second bedroom also on the south-facing side of the house have the same amazing views and both open onto a spacious upper terrace.

The vast living space can be used as one ‘super room’ or divided with sliding doors to create a number of more intimate areas. The hub of the house is a fully fitted open-plan contemporary kitchen and informal breakfast area and the statement dual aspect glass fireplace creates a divide with the family room. Five bedroom suites each with en suite and a spacious study offer great family living, as well as plenty of space for guests, while the master and second bedroom also have private dressing rooms. Outside the delightfully terraced garden is creative landscaped and boasts a 12 x 6 metre infinity pool, as well as an innovative wind sensor system that opens or closes the exterior awnings depending on the weather.

The exquisite attention to detail sets Chart Ridge apart, from the hand built stone and glass staircase and bespoke carpentry to the high-tech Sub Zero and state of the art underfloor heating and cooling system. The sleek contemporary kitchen is set off by quartz worktop and comes complete with the full range of Miele appliances. A utility room and triple garage ensure plenty of storage space while a hardwired security system ensures peace of mind.

Tucked in the woodlands a couple of miles from Oxted, Chart Ridge is close to the charming village of Limpsfield with its pretty high street. This is the perfect location for making the most of the great outdoors, with many golf courses, country clubs, footpaths and bridleways nearby. Oxted station provides fast rail services direct to London Bridge and London Victoria in around half an hour, while junction 6 of the M25 is just a few miles away.

Chart Ridge is on the market at a guide price of £3.5 million. For more information, visit

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Chart Ridge